Posted: May 4, 2013 9:23 AM by Katy Harris - MTN News
WARM SPRINGS - Montana State Hospital patients are learning a new trade to prepare them for re-entering the real world.
Don K. is one of four patients that has found work in the new Healing Waters Greenhouse.
"I have a tendency to be a fast-going type of person. I have a chance to sit in a quiet room and just let things happen as they happen. It's nice," says Don.
"People feel more calm, they also feel more confident. They can also be stressed by the greenhouse. If you come into the greenhouse and you're just learning to grow plants and your plants are turning yellow, what do you do? And they team up, they scramble, they do research and they find the answer,"Montana State Hospital Superintendent John Glueckert said.
Beginning in late February patients started planting, labeling and now they're ready to see the first of their product sold off to Boyer Landscape Design.
Another five to six patients were in charge of being entrepreneurs, and that group established the first business plan for the greenhouse.
The patients working in the greenhouse are paid minimum wage.